ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Anti-dumpingSubscribe to Anti-dumping

What Happened at Doha?

India has been singularly successful in achieving its objectives in Doha - in securing primacy for implementation problems, in bringing the anti-dumping agreement to the negotiating table, in getting a waiver from the agreement on TRIPS in times of public health emergencies and creating the opportunity for protection of geographical indications and traditional knowledge, in ensuring exemption for integrated textile products from anti-dumping action and the negotiation of textile tariff peaks, in keeping core labour standards out of the purview of WTO and in postponing negotiations on the four Singapore issues. The only area where it had to compromise to some extent was in respect of trade and environment.

End of Quantitative Import Restrictions

The paranoia in some quarters over the ending of quantitative import restrictions will be proved unfounded and will die down. There will be some difficulties initially, particularly because domestic producers have been protected for so long. In the longer run competition from producers elsewhere will be beneficial for the domestic economy. This will, however, require policy-makers and other economic agents to give up their defensive attitudes and approach positively the tasks of becoming globally competitive.

Indian Farmers and WTO

I am a farmer living and working in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. I read with interest the commentary on WTO panel rulings on anti-dumping by C Satapathy (November 25-December 2, 2000). As farmers, we are extremely worried about the impact of the WTO regime on agriculture. Even at 3 per cent...
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